This rat can either be black or brown in color, seven to 10 inches long with a tail and large ears and eyes. Its body is smaller and sleeker than a Norway rat and its fur is much smoother.
The Roof Rat nests inside and under buildings, or in piles of rubbish or wood. An excellent climber, it can often be found in the upper parts of structures.
They will eat nearly anything but have shown preferences for grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables. The Roof Rat will become sexually mature at four months and can have as many as many as forty-eight young in its one year life cycle.